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  Lot Abraham (1838-1920) — of Center Township, Henry County, Iowa. Born in Butler County, Ohio, April 18, 1838. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; farmer; member of Iowa state senate, 1881-84; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912. United Brethren. Died in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, July 23, 1920 (age 82 years, 96 days). Interment at Abraham Cemetery, Center Township, Henry County, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of John Abraham (1806-1843) and Sarah (McCue) Abraham (1807-1872); married, September 24, 1865, to Sarah Cornelia Alden (1841-1888); married, October 22, 1891, to Mary Blount Blacker (1857-1961).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Leroy Anspach (1895-1977) — also known as Charles L. Anspach — of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, Mich. Born in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, March 5, 1895. Republican. Delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Isabella District, 1961-62. Brethren. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Shriners. President, Central Michigan University. Died in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, Mich., October 25, 1977 (age 82 years, 234 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Philip Anspach and Amanda (Loose) Anspach; married to Mary Fisher.
  John Douglas Ayers, Jr. (1917-1981) — also known as J. Douglas Ayers — of Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.; Vienna, Wood County, W.Va. Born in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va., October 29, 1917. Democrat. Building contractor; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wood County, 1965-66; defeated, 1966. United Brethren. Member, Elks; Moose. Died in May, 1981 (age 63 years, 0 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of J. D. Ayers and Edna (Reighter) Ayers; married, August 24, 1939, to Beatrice V. Pennybacker.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George N. Beamer (1904-1974) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Bowling Green, Clay County, Ind., October 9, 1904. Democrat. Lawyer; St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney, 1937-38; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1938; Indiana state attorney general, 1941-42; defeated, 1942; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, 1962-74; died in office 1974. Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Optimist Club; American Bar Association. Died October 21, 1974 (age 70 years, 12 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jasper F. Beamer and Frances M. (Roush) Beamer; married, May 14, 1932, to Charlotte L. Hoover.
  See also federal judicial profile
Charles R. Beard Charles R. Beard (1879-1965) — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va. Born in Berkeley County, W.Va., November 30, 1879. Republican. Blacksmith; United Brethren Church minister; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Berkeley County, 1915-16, 1925-30, 1935-36, 1939-40, 1943-48; defeated, 1916, 1936, 1940, 1948, 1950, 1952. United Brethren. Member, Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Died in Berkeley County, W.Va., April 20, 1965 (age 85 years, 141 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of John O. Beard and Ella (Sakeman) Beard; married, June 17, 1904, to Elizabeth Robbins (died 1935); married, March 28, 1943, to Nellie Kiser.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  Harvey D. Beeler, Sr. (1883-1959) — of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, W.Va. Born in Omps, Morgan County, W.Va., November 9, 1883. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Morgan County, 1933-40, 1943-44; member of West Virginia state senate 16th District, 1947-50; defeated, 1950. United Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died September 12, 1959 (age 75 years, 307 days). Interment at Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Anious Beeler and Rebecca (Dawson) Beeler; married, February 18, 1920, to Helen M. Ambrose (1895-1971).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Martin G. Brumbaugh Martin Grove Brumbaugh (1862-1930) — also known as Martin G. Brumbaugh; "Hercules of the Educational World" — of Huntingdon County, Pa.; Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Penn Township, Huntingdon County, Pa., April 14, 1862. Republican. Huntingdon County Superintendent of Schools, 1884-90; university professor; president, Juniata College, 1895-1906; Puerto Rico Commissioner of Education, 1900-02; Philadelphia superintendent of schools, 1906-15; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1915-19; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916. Brethren. German ancestry. Member, Union League. Died in Pinehurst, Moore County, N.C., March 14, 1930 (age 67 years, 334 days). Interment at Valley View Cemetery, McConnellstown, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George Boyer Brumbaugh and Martha (Peightal) Brumbaugh; married 1884 to Anna Konigmacher (died 1914); married, January 29, 1916, to Flora Belle Parks.
  Brumbaugh Hall, a residence hall at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Martin Grove Brumbaugh: Earl C. Kaylor, Jr., Martin Grove Brumbaugh : A Pennsylvanian's Odyssey from Sainted Schoolman to Bedeviled World War I Governor, 1862-1930
  Image source: Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual 1916
  James Middleton Cox (1870-1957) — also known as James M. Cox — of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Born in Jacksonburgh, Butler County, Ohio, March 31, 1870. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1909-13; Governor of Ohio, 1913-15, 1917-21; defeated, 1914; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1916; candidate for President of the United States, 1920. Episcopalian or Brethren. Suffered a stroke, and died three days later, in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, July 15, 1957 (age 87 years, 106 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Gilbert Cox and Eliza A. Cox; married, September 15, 1917, to Margaret Blair.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edgar C. Currie (1893-1965) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Newport, Jackson County, Ark., September 1, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1949-62 (Wayne County 1st District 1949-54, Wayne County 2nd District 1955-62); defeated in primary, 1962 (Wayne County 2nd District), 1964 (14th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1956 (alternate), 1960; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1952. Brethren. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Americans for Democratic Action. Died June 18, 1965 (age 71 years, 290 days). Burial location unknown.
Ward M. Dawson, Sr. Ward M. Dawson, Sr. (1893-1974) — of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, W.Va. Born September 2, 1893. Republican. Hardware merchant; farm equipment dealer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Morgan County, 1947-56, 1959-60; defeated, 1962. United Brethren. Member, Junior Order; Lions; Farm Bureau. Died in April, 1974 (age 80 years, 0 days). Interment somewhere in Breezewood, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Randolph T. Dawson and Emma (Beale) Dawson; married, August 2, 1913, to Lola Odessa Beeler.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Alpheus P. Decker (1887-1965) — also known as A. P. Decker — of Deckerville, Sanilac County, Mich. Born in Deckerville, Sanilac County, Mich., February 15, 1887. Republican. Farmer; postmaster; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Sanilac County, 1935-50; member of Michigan state senate 20th District, 1951-54; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 20th Senatorial District, 1961. Brethren. Member, Lions; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died in Deckerville, Sanilac County, Mich., February 8, 1965 (age 77 years, 359 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1910 to Grace L. Fritch.
Arthur A. Dehmel Arthur A. Dehmel (1906-1992) — of Unionville, Tuscola County, Mich. Born in Unionville, Tuscola County, Mich., July 6, 1906. Republican. Farmer; member of Michigan state senate 20th District, 1955-64. Moravian. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 8, 1992 (age 85 years, 217 days). Interment at Moravian Cemetery, Unionville, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Fred Dehmel and Marie (Ziefle) Dehmel; married, November 30, 1935, to Edwina E. Pike.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  Charles Calvert Ellis (1874-1950) — also known as Charles C. Ellis — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa. Born in Washington, D.C., July 21, 1874. School teacher; pastor; college professor; president, Juniata College, 1930-43; Dry candidate for delegate to Pennsylvania convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Brethren. Died, in Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., June 27, 1950 (age 75 years, 341 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Jennings Ellis and Kate Calvert (Kane) Ellis; married, December 25, 1902, to Emma Susan Nice.
  Wallace L. Files (b. 1926) — also known as Wally Files — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va. Born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va., February 19, 1926. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; barber; member of West Virginia state house of delegates 1st District, 1967-70, 1973-74; defeated, 1974. Brethren. Member, Elks; Moose; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Still living as of 1974.
  Charles Lewis Gerlach (1895-1947) — also known as Charles L. Gerlach — of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa. Born in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pa., September 14, 1895. Republican. Heating supply business; member of Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, 1936-37; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1939-47 (9th District 1939-45, 8th District 1945-47); died in office 1947. Moravian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Eagles. Died in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa., May 5, 1947 (age 51 years, 233 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, Pa.
  Relatives: Married, November 16, 1916, to Florence I. Hillegas.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harry Luther Haines (1880-1947) — also known as Harry L. Haines — of Red Lion, York County, Pa. Born in Red Lion, York County, Pa., February 1, 1880. Democrat. Cigar manufacturer; burgess of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 1923; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 22nd District, 1931-39, 1941-43; defeated, 1938, 1942. Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Lions. Died in Red Lion, York County, Pa., March 29, 1947 (age 67 years, 56 days). Interment at Red Lion Cemetery, Red Lion, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Ambrose Haines and Rebecca (Wallick) Haines; married, May 22, 1898, to Cora Ness.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
James H. Hall James Hamlin Hall (b. 1925) — also known as James H. Hall — of Weston, Lewis County, W.Va. Born in Weston, Lewis County, W.Va., January 26, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; farmer; hardware merchant; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lewis County, 1951-54; defeated, 1956, 1962. United Brethren. Member, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Farm Bureau; American Legion. Still living as of 1962.
  Relatives: Son of Harvey Addison Hall (1891-1946) and Mable (McGinnis) Hall; married, January 31, 1949, to Patricia Ann Stalnaker.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Roy Howell (b. 1893) — of Huntington, Huntington County, Ind. Born in Huntington, Huntington County, Ind., June 16, 1893. Democrat. Huntington County Recorder, 1922-26; mayor of Huntington, Ind., 1943-44, 1950-51. Brethren. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Roy C. Howes (1912-2002) — of Copemish, Manistee County, Mich. Born in Copemish, Manistee County, Mich., November 17, 1912. Republican. Farmer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wexford District, 1961-62; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Wexford District, 1962. Brethren. Member, Farm Bureau. Held the Michigan record for longest service on a county governing board. Died in 2002 (age about 89 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Carlton Howes and Grace (Grossnickle) Howes; married to Wilma Pauline Dilling.
  Melvin Orlando McLaughlin (1876-1928) — also known as Melvin O. McLaughlin — of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.; York, York County, Neb. Born in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa, August 8, 1876. Republican. School teacher; minister; president, York College, York, Nebraska, 1913-19; U.S. Representative from Nebraska 4th District, 1919-27. Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in 1928 (age about 51 years). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, York, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of William D. McLaughlin and Jane (Creger) McLaughlin; married, August 4, 1897, to Elma Pierson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  C. B. Melville — of Nevada, Vernon County, Mo. Republican. Pastor; candidate for mayor of Nevada, Mo., 1930. United Brethren. Burial location unknown.
Dan W. Mouse Dan W. Mouse (b. 1897) — also known as D. W. Mouse — of Petersburg, Grant County, W.Va. Born in Grant County, W.Va., January 1, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; plasterer; dairy farmer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Grant County, 1949-52. United Brethren. Member, Farm Bureau; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Mouse and Frances (Finke) Mouse; married, February 4, 1920, to Maysell Harman Smith.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Melvin C. Muntzing (b. 1901) — of Petersburg, Grant County, W.Va. Born in Davis, Tucker County, W.Va., July 22, 1901. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Grant County; elected 1936; elected unopposed 1938; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1944, 1946 (primary). United Brethren. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  R. F. Musgrave (b. 1903) — of Winfield, Putnam County, W.Va.; Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.Va. Born in Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.Va., July 31, 1903. Republican. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state senate 4th District, 1943-46; candidate for circuit judge in West Virginia for the 29th Judicial Circuit, 1960. Brethren. Member, Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Harold Derrer Nagel (1920-1996) — also known as Harold D. Nagel — of Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Ill. Born in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Ill., April 2, 1920. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; Jo Daviess County State's Attorney, 1948-64; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964. Evangelical United Brethren. Member, American Bar Association. Died in Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill., June 19, 1996 (age 76 years, 78 days). Interment at Ladies Union Cemetery, Near Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Ella Rose (Derrer) Nagel (1892-1986) and Karl Otto Nagel (1894-1976); married, May 31, 1947, to Patricia Jane Nichols (1921-2013).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Everett Bryan Pennybacker (b. 1893) — also known as E. B. Pennybacker — of Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.; Vienna, Wood County, W.Va. Born in Belleville, Wood County, W.Va., February 13, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; Wood County Prosecuting Attorney, 1933-37; circuit judge in West Virginia for the 4th Judicial Circuit, 1937-41; member, West Virginia Public Service Commission; candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 4th District, 1944; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Wood County, 1950. United Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of W. H. Pennybacker and Jane Pennybacker; married, October 18, 1914, to Florence Smith.
  Joseph G. Pepple (b. 1896) — of Princeton, Gibson County, Ind. Born in Sumner, Lawrence County, Ill., February 18, 1896. Republican. Dentist; mayor of Princeton, Ind., 1943-48. Brethren. Member, Elks; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  James H. Price (b. 1891) — of near Brazil, Clay County, Ind. Born in Van Buren Township, Clay County, Ind., September 1, 1891. Republican. Dairy farmer; Clay County Auditor, 1939; chair of Clay County Republican Party, 1944. Brethren. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
John I. Rogers John I. Rogers (1910-1994) — of Keyser, Mineral County, W.Va. Born in Keyser, Mineral County, W.Va., July 10, 1910. Republican. Transfer business; funeral director; farmer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Mineral County, 1939-48, 1951-54; defeated, 1934; member of West Virginia state senate 16th District, 1969-72; defeated, 1966, 1972. United Brethren; later Presbyterian. Member, Rotary; Lions; Odd Fellows; Ruritan. Died January 13, 1994 (age 83 years, 187 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albin I. Rogers and Dessie Grace (Alt) Rogers; married, October 21, 1931, to Hazel V. Shumaker.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  John Edward Roush (1920-2004) — also known as J. Edward Roush — of Huntington, Huntington County, Ind. Born in Barnsdall, Osage County, Okla., September 12, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Indiana state legislature, 1949; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney, 1955-58; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1959-69, 1971-77 (5th District 1959-69, 4th District 1971-77); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964, 1968, 1972. Brethren. Died, while suffering from Alzheimer's disease, in The Heritage nursing home, Huntington, Huntington County, Ind., March 26, 2004 (age 83 years, 196 days). Interment at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Huntington, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Charles H. Schindler (1883-1972) — of Cosby, Andrew County, Mo. Born near Cosby, Andrew County, Mo., May 19, 1883. Republican. Farmer; Andrew County Judge, 1941-47; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Andrew County, 1947-58. Evangelical United Brethren. Died March 14, 1972 (age 88 years, 300 days). Interment at St. Joseph Memorial Park, St. Joseph, Mo.
  Relatives: Married 1913 to Clara E. Bermond (died 1949).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Buhl Shahan (1908-1987) — also known as J. Buhl Shahan — of Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va. Born in Randolph County, W.Va., October 23, 1908. Democrat. School teacher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Randolph County, 1933-36; member of West Virginia state senate, 1937-40 (13th District 1937-38, 12th District 1939-40); candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1940, 1946. United Brethren. Member, Alpha Sigma Phi; Moose. Died in February, 1987 (age 78 years, 0 days). Interment somewhere in Elkins, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Shahan and Katherine (Scott) Shahan.
  Mark Edward Souder (b. 1950) — also known as Mark E. Souder — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., July 18, 1950. Republican. Congressional aide for U.S. Rep. and Sen. Dan R. Coats, 1983-84, 1988-93; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1995-2010 (4th District 1995-2003, 3rd District 2003-10); resigned 2010. Brethren. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Encyclopedia of American Loons
Henry A. Thompson Henry Adams Thompson — also known as Henry A. Thompson — of Ohio. Prohibition candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1880. Brethren. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: American Prohibition Year Book 1912
  Claude Raymond Wickard (1893-1967) — also known as Claude R. Wickard — of Camden, Carroll County, Ind. Born in Carroll County, Ind., February 28, 1893. Democrat. Member of Indiana state senate, 1932-33; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1940-45; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1956, 1964; candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1956. Brethren. Member, Farm Bureau; Grange; Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Killed in an automobile accident in Delphi, Carroll County, Ind., April 29, 1967 (age 74 years, 60 days). Interment at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora, Ind.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
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